AAN News

Mark Your Calendars: AAN's 2010 Convention Hits Toronto This July

The 33rd annual AAN Convention is heading north to Toronto, where NOW Magazine will host a three-day gathering of enlightening programming, unforgettable parties and crucial networking with your AAN peers. The convention website, which launched today, has the details thus far on programming, registration deals, travel and accommodations, and more. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-29-2010  5:16 pm  |  Association News

AAN's Editor Stepping Down

Editor Jon Whiten is leaving the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies; he will be replaced by current Editorial Awards and Advertising Director Jason Zaragoza. Whiten, who joined AAN in January 2006, is stepping down to focus on the local news website and arts & culture magazine he owns and operates in Jersey City, N.J. His last day on staff is March 31, but he will continue as a part-time contractor, overseeing AAN.org, for a month or two, as Zaragoza transitions from his current position into the editor role. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  03-26-2010  11:25 am  |  Association News

Federal Court: Nevada Can Ban Brothel Adsnew

A federal appeals court has ruled that Nevada has the right to ban certain advertisements of legal brothels, saying it doesn't violate the First Amendment of free speech. The decision overturns the ruling of a federal district judge, who held the state did not have the right to impose the restrictions on advertisements after a suit challenging those limits was brought by Las Vegas CityLife, the High Desert Advocate and brothel operator Bobbi Davis. "Nevada has tailored its restrictions on advertising to attain a reasonable fit between ends and means," the opinion reads. CityLife editor Steve Sebelius says he was surprised and disappointed by the ruling. "Given the fact that it is a commodity, I think it's inappropriate for the state to restrict First Amendment-protected advertising about that commodity," he says. READ MORE from Sebelius on his CityLife blog.
Las Vegas Review-Journal  |  03-12-2010  8:44 am  |  Industry News

Deadline to Apply for AAN Membership Extended to Feb. 19

The application deadline for newspapers to apply for AAN membership has been extended two weeks to Feb. 19. You can download an application here, or contact AAN to have one mailed to you. Find out more about admission guidelines and membership requirements here.
AAN  |  02-05-2010  3:36 pm  |  Association News

Videos, Presentations from Web Publishing Conference Now Available

Scores of alt-weekly staffers descended on San Francisco's Argonaut Hotel last week for AAN's 2010 Web Publishing Conference. Publishers, editors, ad sales managers and others came together for one-and-a-half days of virtually non-stop panels and presentations on how best to manage digital publishing now and in the future. If you weren't able to make it to the conference, or want to share what you learned at a particular session, you can check out videos from nine of the 12 sessions and PDF presentations of several sessions in the Resource Library. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  02-04-2010  5:47 pm  |  Association News

Center for Independent Media President to Kick off Web Conference

David Bennahum will kick off AAN's 2010 Web Publishing Conference with a keynote address on the rise of new media amidst the collapse of the newspaper industry. Bennahum has been following new media since 1994, when he began writing for Wired magazine; additional reporting of his on the rise of the internet and its impact on our culture has been published in The New York Times, New York magazine, and The Economist. His Center for Independent Media, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, publishes six public-interest news sites around the country (many of which feature alt-weekly alums as reporters). Bennahum's talk will be Thursday, Jan. 28 at 9:15 am, kicking off a day and a half of intensive web publishing programming. For more details on the conference, click here.
AAN  |  01-22-2010  1:30 pm  |  Association News

Want to Help Haiti? South Florida Alt-Weeklies Will Match Your Donations

Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Village Voice Media have already cut one check to the Partners in Health relief organization, and they are now offering to match any other AAN paper's donation, up to a total of $10,000. We caught up with Miami New Times publisher Kevin Thornburg to find out a little more about the project. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  01-15-2010  6:04 pm  |  Industry News

Ken Doctor Scheduled to Speak at Web Publishing Conference

Leading journalism analyst Ken Doctor will help kick off AAN's Web Publishing conference with a big-picture talk on the future of news as we enter the first truly digital news decade. He will speak on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 28 at the San Francisco conference, which you can find out more about here and register for here (early registration discounts have been extended until this Friday). We recently caught up with Doctor via email to find out more about his upcoming book, and how he thinks alt-weeklies are positioned to emerge in the digital future. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  01-12-2010  5:20 pm  |  Association News

Register Today: Limited Space Available at AAN West Conference

With well over 150 registrants from 20 AAN member publications, the 2010 AAN West conference, slated for Jan. 29-30 in Berkeley, is already exceeding expectations. Seats are limited, so interested publications should register their attendees soon to guarantee admission to the conference. Detailing programming information and links for registration can be found at this link. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  01-08-2010  3:31 pm  |  Association News

Early Registration & Hotel Deadlines for Web Conference Approaching

The deadline for early registration at this year's Web Publishing Conference is Monday, Jan. 11. To take advantage of savings of $50 per person, be sure to register (via this link) before Jan. 12 rolls around. Monday is also the deadline for the special AAN rate ($120 per room) at San Francisco's Argonaut Hotel, where the conference will be held. To find out more about the Web Publishing Conference, which is slated for Jan. 27-29, click here.
AAN  |  01-06-2010  5:05 pm  |  Association News

2010 Membership Applications Now Available

The application deadline for newspapers to apply for AAN membership is Feb. 5, 2010. You can download an application here, or contact AAN to have one mailed to you. After a rigorous vetting process, the Membership Committee will issue its recommendations prior to July's convention in Toronto, where all members will have the chance to vote on the applicants. You can find links to the Membership Committee's admission guidelines and the AAN bylaws on the Membership page of our site. If you have any additional questions about membership, please call 202-289-8484 or email Debra Silvestrin at debra (at) aan.org.
AAN  |  01-06-2010  12:48 pm  |  Association News

Web Publishing Conference Programming Shapes Up

Although we're still nailing down some final details, much of the programming for this winter's Web Conference at San Francisco's Argonaut Hotel has been finalized. From Twitter to digital display ads to iPhone apps to email newsletters, the most important digital publishing topics for AAN members will be tackled in a mix of plenary sessions and workshops during the conference, which will take place Jan. 27-29. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  12-22-2009  6:25 pm  |  Association News

Committee Looking at Ways to Grow AAN

As the news industry changes, AAN is considering changes as well, including possibly growing the association's membership. A new advisory committee tasked with exploring potential ways to do just that met for the first time last week via conference call; here's what they discussed. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  12-21-2009  3:14 pm  |  Association News